The Big 12 Conference announced a public reprimand Thursday of West Virginia University assistant women's basketball coach Lester Rowe for his post-game conduct during Sunday's contest at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
The conference says his actions were in violation of the Big 12 Conference's Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct rules.
"Coach Rowe violated Conference rules that prohibit coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff and university personnel from committing abusive acts toward an opponent's fans," said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "Coaches have the responsibility to refrain from behavior that incites negative fan conduct. Coach Rowe is also put on notice that future incidents may result in a more serious penalty."
UH Athletics Director Ben Jay suffered a fractured vertebrae in a post-game scuffle after a Rainbow Wahine basketball game at the Stan Sheriff Center Sunday night.
Jay says doctors wanted a CAT scan on his back and there was concern that there is bleeding around his kidney.
The fight started after a heckler in the stands exchanged verbal jabs with coaches from West Virginia.
Jay jumped in, attempting to cool things down, and either got hit in the back or was shoved into a chair or railing.